Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Bucket List

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on January 5, 2012 ][ In Uncategorized ]

A friend has inspired me to think about a bucket list.  I’m not sure what is on her list, besides learning to salsa, but the conversation definitely made me think about my own goals.  Sometimes we get so caught up in day to day living, just making ends meet and making sure everyone is fed and clean, that we forget to really live.  It is those extra little things that make life worth while, otherwise life is day after day of drudgery.  The beginning of a new year offers a promise of change and it is as good a time as any to think of your bucket list.

What are your dreams?  What would you like to accomplish?  What kind of example do you set for your children and others?  Your goals don’t have to be big, just meaningful to you.  Maybe you just want to read the whole Bible in one year rather than climb Mount Everest.  Go for it.  If you are 60 something and think you are too old to learn to surf, think again and make it happen, even if for only one day.  This year, set aside some me time and take a painting class or learn a different language.  You may find that whatever you attempt is not really something you want to continue doing but at least you’ll know.

Many of the things on your list won’t be that hard to accomplish, it is more a matter of making time to actually do it and looking at your options.  I’d always wanted to learn to dance but didn’t dream there were any opportunities in my little home town other than ballet and hip hop for children.  Then I was introduced to a young Mexican who has now been teaching me Latin dancing for 2 years.  I have envied my friends who are wonderful amateur photographers, while making excuses for my own photos.  This past fall it became obvious our trusty point and shoot was on it’s last legs so I decided to get a decent camera and take a class.  I found a local one day class scheduled this January and received a Cannon Rebel for Christmas.  I’ve already taken some nice photos and you’ll be seeing some here soon.

The point is that everyone should have a list of things they’d like to do and to work at achieving at least some of them.  Instead of plopping in front of the TV tonight, get a piece of paper and write down the things you’d love to do, big and small.  Think how good you’ll feel when you can cross something off and say “I did it!”.

Here is a sample of my bucket list.
Travel to somewhere in Europe, Italy being high on the list.
Travel to somewhere in Africa.
Learn basic Spanish.
Climb down into the Grand Canyon.
Finally have a decent yard and landscaping while learning more about growing things.
Have a small green house so I can grow vegetables year round. (Ha!  I have a black thumb!)
Grow more flowers, especially to attract birds, bees and butterflies.

OK, not the best photo but not bad for someone who really still doesn’t know what they are doing.  There are a lot of buttons on that camera!

Upadated on January 5, 2012

2 Responses to “Bucket List”

  1. Milady says:

    Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me–I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com

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